#TBT: 1941-1942

Popular Books Published in 1941-1942


Evil Under the Sun / Agatha Christie

Detective Hercule Poirot takes a holiday at an exclusive hotel on a tiny island to retreat from the stresses of his profession. The tranquil atmosphere is disrupted by the appearance of the charming Arlena Stuart who brings an indefinable erotic tension to the premise. When she is found strangled in a secluded cove, there are few, especially among the women, who feel either surprise or regret. With bewildering clues, Poirot is certain the solution lies with Arlena herself. (FIC CHRISTIE / LP CHRISTIE)

Frenchman’s Creek / Daphne Du Maurier

During the reign of Charles II, a rebellious noblewoman abandons her Cornwall estate to sail with her pirate lover. (FIC DU MAURIER)


The Black Stallion / Walter Farley

Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue, their adventure continues in America. (J PBK FARLEY)


Curious George / H.A. Rey

The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble. (E REY)



Little Town on the Prairie / Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pa’s homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher. (J FIC WILDER / J PBK WILDER)



The Runaway Bunny / Margaret Wise Brown

A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him. (E BROWN)


The Stranger / Albert Camus

When a young Algerian named Meursault kills a man, his subsequent imprisonment and trial are puzzling and absurd. The apparently amoral Meursault–who puts little stock in ideas like love and God–seems to be on trial less for his murderous actions, and more for what the authorities believe is his deficient character. (FIC CAMUS)

The Screwtape Letters / C.S. Lewis

In a series of letters, one of Satan’s more experienced tempters writes to a junior agent in the field, instructing him in the finer points of capturing souls. (248.4 LEW)


West With the Night / Beryl Markham

The author describes growing up in an Africa that no longer exists, training and breeding race horses, flying mail to Sudan, and being the first woman to fly the Atlantic from east to west. (921 MARKHAM)


The Boxcar Children / Gertrude Chandler Warner

Introduces the orphaned Alden family children, who make an abandoned boxcar their home, demonstrating their independence and ability to “make do.” (J PBK WARNER)



Did you know? The price of a movie ticket in 1941 was 25 cents. 

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